Who is Amit Panghal?
- He is the first and only Indian male boxer to win a world boxing championships silver medal
- Panghal is the current world No. 1 in International Boxing Association’s 52kg category
- In 2018, the Boxing Federation of India recommended him for the Arjuna Awards
Amit Panghal is an amateur boxer from Haryana, India. Panghal is the current Asian Games champion and silver medalist in the global championships. Panghal finished second at the Asian Elite Boxing Championships 2021 after failing to defend the gold medal he earned in 2019 against Uzbek Shakhobidin Zoirov, the current Olympic and world champion. Amit Panghal is currently the top seed in the 52 kg division for Commonwealth Games 2022, Birmingham.
In the Rohtak district of Haryana, Amit Panghal was born on October 16, 1995. His older brother, Ajay Panghal, serves in the Indian Army, while his father, Vijender Singh Panghal, is a farmer. Amit was motivated to start boxing in 2007 at Sir Chhoturam Boxing Academy by Ajay, who himself is a former amateur boxer.
In his first outing at the National Boxing Championships in 2017, Panghal took home the gold title. He qualified for the 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships by winning the bronze medal in the light flyweight division at the 2017 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Tashkent in May 2017. However, Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan defeated him in the quarterfinals.
Panghal won the gold medal at the Strandzha Cup in Sofia in February 2018. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he took home the silver medal in the light flyweight division. In the light of his outstanding performance at the Asian Games, the Boxing Federation of India recommended him for the Arjuna Awards on September 11, 2018.
He earned the Gold Medal at the Asian Boxing Championship in Bangkok in April 2019. Amit Panghal successfully defended the Strandzha Cup in Sofia by earning back-to-back gold medals in 2018 and 2019. He also won the gold medal in the boxing competition at the 2020 World Cup in Cologne, Germany, in December.
After defeating Carlo Paalam of the Philippines on March 10, 2020, The Haryana boxer earned a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Panghal, who was ranked first in the world in the 52 kg division going into the 2020 Olympics, lost 1-4 in a split decision to Yuberjen Martnez of Columbia in the Round of 16.
Panghal is also a junior commissioned officer in the Indian Army as of March 2018. (JCO). He is a member of The Mahar Regiment's 22nd Battalion.